3M ordered to pay $77.5 mln to veteran in latest earplug trial

A jury in Pensacola, Florida federal court on

Friday ordered 3M to pay $77.5 million

to a U.S. Army veteran who said he suffered

hearing damage as a result of using the

company's military-issue earplugs.

US air force academy cadets denied commission over vaccine refusal
Trio will receive college degrees but will not be commissioned ‘as long as they remain unvaccinated’ 

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Federal report slams care of local VA patient who died

The report gives a list of recommendations to the VA to prevent something like this from happening again. 

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Maintaining separate VA health care system is costly and redundant

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Is SSI the same as Social Security disability?
The Social Security Administration manages different programs to provide financial stability to Americans,

two of which are targeted at the disabled.

Using Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Prolong Back Pain

​“For many decades it’s been standard medical practice to treat pain with anti-inflammatory drugs, but we found that this short-term fix could lead to longer-term problems.” 

How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

​As Americans stepped up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, liver disease and transplants surged.

How the US is failing female veterans suffering illness from toxic burn pits
A bill to expand coverage for vets affected by toxic exposure doesn’t cover some of the illnesses that women get

Florida bodybuilder pulling a $245,000 scam

told the VA he could lift only 10 pounds

​While pulling this scam, bodybuilder Zachary Barton

and his wife were posting pictures and videos online

of Barton pushing heavy iron to build his physique

and flexing in the gym and on stage in contests.

What can we do to combat the rising suicide rates among veterans?
Suicide among veterans is double that of nonveterans. How can we save the loves of those who fought for us?

Biden's student loan forgiveness plan is a slap in the face to veterans and active military
I joined the Marine Corps two weeks out of high school, deployed to Afghanistan, and earned my degree using the GI Bill

Navy desertions have more than doubled amid suicide concerns, as sailors feel trapped by contracts

The number of sailors who deserted the Navy more than doubled from 2019 to 2021, highlighting the lack of options

contract-bound sailors face when they’re desperate to leave.

Is America’s military headed down the same path as Russia’s?

​American leaders are fond of saying ours is the best military in the world. They fail to realize that key

elements of our forces have shrunk by half since our last clear-cut victory: 1991′s Operation Desert Storm.

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People In Counties That Backed Trump Were Twice As Likely To Die From COVID

​Lower vaccination rates were critical to the death-rate difference, say researchers

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